Martin Roberts' heart was 'being strangled' before life-saving operation

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Martin Roberts' heart was being 'strangled' before he underwent a life-saving operation credit:Bang Showbiz
Martin Roberts' heart was being 'strangled' before he underwent a life-saving operation credit:Bang Showbiz

Martin Roberts' heart was being "strangled" before he underwent a life-saving operation.

The ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ host recently told how he had "hours to live" when he was admitted to hospital after suffering chest pains, and he has now updated fans about the procedure, in which he had one-and-a-half litres of fluid drained from around his heart.

Speaking on 'Good Morning Britain', he said: "Within three or four hours I was in an emergency operating ward having a tube put into this sac around the heart and they drained off a litre and a half of fluid. It was literally sort of strangling myself.

"It was very bizarre that I was awake throughout the whole process, so I watched as they drew out all this death-giving liquid that was in my chest. I’m still here."

Martin had suffered a cardiac tamponade - when extra fluid builds up in the space around the heart - just weeks after he had made a two-day dash across Europe to give vital supplies to Ukrainians, following Russia's invasion of the country.

'GMB' presenter Richard Madeley admitted he and his co-host Susanna Reid had been worried about the 58-year-old star when they had spoken to him when the TV presenter was on the Polish-Ukraine border.

He said: "I have to say to you Martin, when Susanna and I spoke to you when you were in Medyka about a month ago, we spoke after the show and we were a bit concerned about you.

"You had driven pretty much non-stop across Europe to get there, and although you gave a very good account of yourself you looked exhausted. You then came home and this terrible health crisis just suddenly fell out of a clear blue sky."

Martin replied: "I've been feeling rough since I got back [from Ukraine] I don't know if it was the journey down there, there was a real tightness in my chest and difficulty breathing.

"I'm aware of signs of a heart attack. It was those things with some tingling, and by Tuesday and Wednesday my wife took me to A E in Bath."

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